Spanish pop star David Bisbal will be honoured with a special prize at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Music Awards next month (Mar15). The singer/songwriter will be given ASCAP's Voice of Music Award, which is handed to artists whose music represents the spirit of a generation.
He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients such as Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, and fellow Latin star Luis Fonsi.
Camila lead singer Mario Domm will also be feted at the ceremony, and will be given the Golden Note Award, which honours songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.
Regional Mexican group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award in recognition of their contributions to music since its formation in 1965.
The 23rd annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 March (15).
Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal is set to receive the Founders Award at The American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers' (ASCAP) 30th Film & Television Music Awards. The musician, who has composed for films including Public Enemies, Batman Forever and Alien 3, will be feted with the prestigious honour at the annual ceremony in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on 9 March (15).
ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams says, "Elliot's staggering body of work has earned him admiration from film, classical music and theater audiences. His distinctive style has created engrossing moments for listeners across all of these mediums."
Goldenthal won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his work on Julie Taymor's 2002 movie Frida, starring Salma Hayek.
The Founders Award recognises songwriters and composers who have achieved outstanding contributions to music that have inspired their peers. Previous recipients include Quincy Jones, Stephen Sondheim and Dr. Dre.
Legendary American songwriter Ervin Drake has died at the age of 95. Born Ervin Maurice Druckman in New York, he had his first track published at the age of 12 and scored his big break in 1942, when he came up with the English lyrics for Brazilian instrumental Tico-Tico.
He also put words to Juan Tizol's composition Perdido and went on to write American Songbook standards such as I Believe and It Was a Very Good Year, which was originally written for Kingston Trio folk star Bob Shane and famously covered by Frank Sinatra.
His other well-known tunes include Quando Quando Quando, Father of the Girls, Castle Rock, A Room Without Windows and jazz standard Good Morning, Heartache, which has been recorded by the likes of Billie Holiday and Diana Ross.
Drake served as the president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers from 1973 to 1982 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.
Sharing the news of his passing with Twitter.com followers on Thursday (15Jan15), his friend, veteran singer/actor Robert Davi, writes, "one of the Great American Songwriters and my friend Ervin Drake has died... join me in paying tribute to a Great Artist."
Actress Leslie Uggams also paid tribute to Drake online, tweeting, "So very sad to hear of the passing of Ervin Drake. He was a great friend and songwriter. My condolences to his family", and musician Michael Feinstein adds, "So sad to hear about the passing of Ervin Drake".
Further details about Drake's death had yet to be released as WENN went to press.
Rocker Chris Daughtry has filed suit against his old bandmates in a bid to establish himself as the sole writer of tracks recorded before rising to fame. The Daughtry frontman, who scored his big breakthrough in early 2006 after reaching the American Idol finals, previously worked with a group called Absent Element and recorded a seven-song album, titled Uprooted, with ex-members Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford and Mark Perry.
His three old pals filed a copyright registration back in April, 2006, claiming to be "co-authors of all lyrics, music and performance" of a number of songs on the album, but the rocker insists he was unaware of the filing and only found out about it in 2012.
He is now disputing Andrews, Crawford and Perry's assertion that they co-wrote a number of tunes from Uprooted and wants a judge to make it clear he was the sole creator of the tracks Breakdown Conviction, Weaker Side and Keep Me Close.
In legal papers recently filed in a U.S. federal court, Daughtry's lawyer writes, "Although Plaintiff does not dispute that the parties jointly recorded the songs on the Uprooted album and are equal co-owners of the copyrights in the sound recordings embodied on the album, Defendants did not co-author the music or lyrics for the songs set forth in the copyright registration that they filed."
Music legend Billy Joel delighted fans in New York City on Tuesday (25Nov14) when he treated the audience at his Madison Square Garden residency to performances from Sting and John Mellencamp. The Piano Man icon returned to the fabled venue for the 11th sold out show on his monthly residency and he had a double Thanksgiving treat in store for crowdmembers in town ahead of the U.S. holiday.
He introduced his pal Sting to the stage to join him for a collaboration on Big Man on Mulberry Street, just a week after the British singer helped to honour Joel at the inaugural ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Centennial Awards in the Big Apple, and later brought out Mellencamp for a rousing rendition of his 1983 hit Crumblin' Down.
The Jack & Diane rocker's appearance took place days after he also saluted Joel at another big awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where he was presented with the Library of Congress' prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Acting veteran Meryl Streep was left red-faced during a ceremony at the White House on Monday (24Nov14) when U.S. President Barack Obama professed his love for her. The Oscar winner was at the iconic building in Washington, D.C. to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with other honourees including music legend Stevie Wonder, veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, and actress Marlo Thomas.
Obama hung the medal around her neck, and in his speech, he told the world about his passion for the actress, saying, "I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her, (First Lady) Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing nothing either of them can do about it... She is truly one of America's leading ladies."
The U.S. leader also praised Wonder and revealed the singer's 1972 album Talking Book was the first record he ever bought, adding, "What really defines Stevie's music is the warmth and humanity that resonates in every note."
Composer Stephen Sondheim was also due to receive the award, but was unable to attend the ceremony and will now be presented with the medal next year (15). The news comes after Sondheim, 84, skipped an appearance at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) Centennial Awards in New York City on 17 November (14) due to illness.
Music veterans Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel were among the artists honoured for their career achievements at a once in a lifetime awards show in New York City on Monday (17Nov14). The singers were both honoured by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at the organisation's Centennial Awards, which are handed out to accomplished artists once every 100 years.
During the ceremony marking ASCAP's 100th anniversary, Joel was the first to pick up a prize and he told the audience, "It's been an amazing year for me... I'm overwhelmed."
Joel was then honoured by veteran rocker Sting, who performed a version of Joel's song Big Man on Mulberry Street, before the Piano Man himself took to the stage to sing New York State of Mind.
Wonder was handed his prize following a tribute performance by India.Arie, and he told the crowd, "Even before I wanted to be a singer, I wanted to be a songwriter. Let us continue to write, continue to encourage and inspire. Without us writing, the world will lose its magic."
Country star Garth Brooks was also honoured at the ceremony, and he was presented with his award by his singer wife Tricia Yearwood, who performed her husband's hit If Tomorrow Never Comes.
Emmylou Harris was on hand to fete folk star Joan Baez, but the night's other honouree, veteran composer Stephen Sondheim, was absent from the gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel due to illness.
Actress/singer Bernadette Peters marked Sondheim's achievements by singing Children Will Listen from his musical Into the Woods.
Country veteran Alan Jackson has been feted with the inaugural ASCAP Heritage Award in recognition of his decades of career success. The Good Thing hitmaker was the guest of honour at the 52nd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday night (03Nov14), when he was celebrated for becoming the most-performed country artist in the first 100 years of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) existence.
Accepting the prestigious medal, a humbled Jackson said, "I don't even know what to say. I'm just an old country boy that's had a lot of blessings. Like I've said before, I'm just a singer of simple songs and came (to Nashville) to sing country songs, and songwriting means more to me than anything."
Sharing a few words of wisdom with his younger songwriting peers, he added, "Try to remember it's about the music. Try not to look at those charts."
Meanwhile, Craig Wiseman, the man behind hits like Blake Shelton's Hillbilly Bone and Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying, was presented with the second Heritage Award, acknowledging his success as the most-performed country songwriter to mark ASCAP's 100th anniversary.
Other winners on the night included Ashley Gorley, who accepted the title of Country Music Songwriter of the Year for helping to pen tracks for artists like Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Scotty McCreery, and songwriting duo Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins, who claimed the Country Music Song of the Year prize for writing Thomas Rhett's It Goes Like This.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers named Ellie Goulding's Lights their Song of the Year at the 34th ASCAP Awards in London on Wednesday (08Oct14). Songwriter/producer Richard Stannard collected the prize, while pop star Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit Too Close. Other winners at the industry awards included Bastille star Dan Smith, who was honoured with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognises emerging artists.
Bruce Springsteen has joined the ranks of the celebrity children's authors by turning his 2009 song Outlaw Pete into a new story book. The Boss has teamed up with writer and cartoonist Frank Caruso to transform the track into a kids book that will be released in November (14).
Caruso says, "When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.
"Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."
The rocker adds, "Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins."